Balanced Attack Keys Lady Vols' 66-56 Win
|WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RESULTS
|Tennessee 66, Ole Miss 56
|Arkansas 67, Mississippi State 53
|South Carolina 69, Alabama 55
|LSU 57, Auburn 41
|Florida 61, Georgia 57
OXFORD, Miss. - A well-balanced attack led the No. 10 Lady Vols to their third win in a row and a sweep of games in Mississippi with a 66-56 win at Ole Miss. Four Lady Vols scored in double-figures led Glory Johnson, who netted 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen scored 12 points as both she and Johnson made 5-of-9 shots from the floor. Vicki Baugh and Cierra Burdick each tallied 10 off the bench.
The Lady Vols move to 20-7 overall and 11-3 in the SEC. Ole Miss fell to 12-15 overall and 2-12 in the league. Valencia McFarland led the Rebels with 21 points, the only double-figure scorer for Ole Miss.
Tennessee took control of the game midway through the first half and held off the pesky Rebels. Down 15-14 with 9:37 left in the first half, a Stricklen lay-up with 9:10 left in the half and the Lady Vols never trailed again.
The Lady Vols led by as many as 12 points with 5:07 left in the second half on a free throw by Meighan Simmons, which made it 58-46. Ole Miss had trimmed the margin to four points at 50-46 on a 3-pointer by Amber Singletary with 8:28 left in regulation.
Tennessee shot 43.6 from the floor and limited Ole Miss to 37.3 while outrebounding the Rebels, 37-32.
Tennessee led 32-21 at halftime.
Seniors lead Razorbacks to win over State Sunday
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Seniors C’eira Ricketts and Lyndsay Harris helped send their classmates out in style dropping 18 and 17 points, respectively, leading the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team to a 67-53 win on Senior Day Sunday.
Ricketts scored 18 points, had six rebounds and seven assists while Harris was hot from the three-point line early and finished with five long-distance shots leading Arkansas (20-6, 9-5 SEC) to is 20th win of the season.
Senior Ashley Daniels grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds and had 10 points, her second double-double of the year, and junior Sarah Watkins added 12 points for Arkansas in the win.
“It always feels good to win on senior day,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “We were able to send our seniors out with a good victory in front of a nice crowd today.
“Lyndsay played like she could get a three anytime she wanted it and C’eira played like she could get to the rim anytime she wanted,” Collen said. “That is a great ending for them at home. They played relaxed and always looked like they had the game under control. I can’t ask for more than that.”
The Razorbacks opened the game with a 9-0 that forced a Mississippi State timeout. The Bulldogs responded out of the break and got on the board. The Razorbacks substituted early and often keeping fresh bodies on the floor but State was able to take advantage of some of the personnel changes and score, tying the game at 19 with four minutes to play.
Harris however, was hot from long distance early and Daniels rebounded well with 11 boards, maintaining the lead in the first half. Harris had 11 points and Daniels and Watkins six each at the break.
Arkansas come out of the locker room and hit early with Harris and Ricketts each hitting three-pointers to stretch the Razorback lead.
The Razorbacks maintained a 10 point lead for much of the second half, stretching it to as much as 15 before the final buzzer.
Arkansas shot 41 percent for the game on 25-for-61 from the floor. The Razorbacks hit seven three’s, five from Harris, and had 39 rebounds in the win. Arkansas took good care of the basketball with just seven turnovers. They held Mississippi State to 35.6 percent shooting, well below their season average.
Gamecocks Score 20th Win, 69-55 Over Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 25 South Carolina collected its 20th win of the season with a 69-55 decision over Alabama Sunday afternoon at Foster Auditorium. The Gamecocks (20-7, 9-5 SEC) took a 12-point lead into the locker room at halftime and survived a sloppy second half for both teams. La’Keisha Sutton led the way with 13 points, all in the second half, and a career-high tying seven rebounds. South Carolina shot a season-high 55.6 percent from the field and added 14 free throws to the scoring effort.
South Carolina played from the outside in in the first half, as Markeshia Grant scored 11 of the team’s first 15 points before the posts took over to net 15 of the remaining 23 to give the Gamecocks a 38-26 halftime lead. The Crimson Tide won the battle of the boards in the first 20 minutes, 21-18, but the Gamecocks left few rebounds out there, hitting 51.7 percent from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
The first half was decided by a 21-6 run that turned a 9-8 Gamecock lead at the 12:12 mark into a 32-16 advantage seven minutes later. Grant sparked the surge with back-to-back 3-pointers from the right corner. Meghan Perkins drove the baseline, hoping to prevent a significant run, but the Gamecocks were aggressive on both sides of the ball and would not be denied. Aleighsa Welch followed an Ebony Wilson offensive rebound with a drive through the lane and completed a traditional three-point play. Her rebound on the defensive end set up Ieasia Walker’s transition attempt, on which she was fouled and buried both free throws for a 20-10 Gamecock lead midway through the half.
Jasmine Robinson got loose on a baseline out of bounds play for a mid-range jumper, but South Carolina answered with a Welch drive through the lane. A Gamecock turnover allowed another Alabama basket, leading to an 8-0 run for the Gamecocks. Walker hit a jumper from the right elbow and a move on the left block from Charenee Stephens was sandwiched between a pair of drives from Ashley Bruner, the last of which gave the Gamecocks their largest lead at 30-14 with 5:24 left in the period.
The Gamecocks played a lot of zone defense in the second half with 6-foot-3 Elem Ibiam manning the middle for much of it. The move stymied the Crimson Tide, but 18 turnovers in the half kept the Gamecocks from pulling much farther away. Alabama struggled to score, despite taking 24 more shots than the Gamecocks, hitting just 27.5 percent for the game, including 22.9 percent in the second half.
Grant and Walker joined Sutton in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Walker netted eight of her points from the free-throw line, including five in the final two minutes of the game. She handed out four assists as well.
Welch left the game in the second half with a right knee injury. Initial report from medical director Dr. Jeffery Guy was a sprain. She will be further evaluated when the team returns to Columbia.
LSU LADY TIGERS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT, BEAT AUBURN, 57-41 TO MOVE INTO THIRD-PLACE TIE IN SEC
BATON ROUGE -- LSU All-America candidate LaSondra Barrett recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Lady Tigers claimed their fifth consecutive victory in defeating Auburn, 57-41, in the Pink Game recognizing breast cancer awareness on Sunday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
A season-high paid crowd of 6,763 watched LSU continue its ascend up the Southeastern Conference standings. The Lady Tigers (19-8, 9-5 SEC) moved into a tie for third-place with Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia and Vanderbilt with two games remaining. The 6,763 in attendance was the largest crowd to watch a Lady Tiger game in the PMAC since Feb. 1, 2009, when 6,887 watched LSU face Auburn.
“On the defensive end, we are doing a good job of holding our opponents in the high 40s to low 50s scoring,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “Offensively we are not capitalizing and executing on the other end because of our lack of taking care of the basketball. The thing I have harped on this group about is that we are going to win with our defense and our rebounding. The game may be ugly, but as long as you are collecting those wins at this time of the season, it’s good to focus on that.
Auburn dropped its fifth straight game and fell to 11-16 overall and 3-11 in the league standings.
Barrett, who moved into eighth place with Sylvia Fowles in career starts with 107, was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line and added three steals. Jeanne Kenney put in 11 points and nailed a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range – all in the first half. Both Courtney Jones and Adrienne Webb contributed seven points apiece.
For the fourth consecutive game, LSU held an opponent under 50 points as Auburn became the latest victim, shooting only 30.9 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent in the second half. Despite committing 24 turnovers, Auburn converted those into only nine points.
LSU rode a 9-0 first-half run and 63.2 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes to claim a 33-26 lead into the locker room. The Lady Tigers nailed threes on three straight possessions – two from Kenney and one from Webb – while Bianca Lutley found Jones on a beautiful alley-oop layup.
Auburn hung around early in the second half with both teams going cold from the floor. Auburn managed the only field goal of the first six minutes of the stanza until Lutley’s layup at the 13:43 mark. A jumper by Barrett ignited another 9-0 run that left LSU with a 46-31 lead with 6:21 remaining in the contest.
Sheila Boykin came off the bench to give the Lady Tigers their largest lead, 53-35.
LSU dominated the boards, out-rebounding Auburn, 35-23, and improving to 16-4 when out-rebounding opponents on the season. LSU has out-rebounded 10 of its 14 SEC opponents.
Florida Women’s Hoops Knocks Off No. 18/15 Georgia, 61-57
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida women’s basketball team regrouped from Sunday’s heartbreaking setback at Vanderbilt and earned a 61-57 victory against No. 18/15 Georgia in front of a season-best crowd of 3,049 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Sunday afternoon when it was Senior Day.
Junior forward Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.) led the Gators in scoring for the second consecutive game, netting nine of her 15 points and pulling down five her of six rebounds in the second half when the Gators (17-10, 7-7 SEC) shot 44 percent (11-25) from the floor and outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs (20-7, 9-5 SEC) by seven. Lanita Bartley (Jacksonville, Fla.) added 11 points and four rebounds to the mix, as she converted 9-of-10 free throws, including all four attempts from the line in the final eight seconds to seal the victory. Freshman Andrea Vilaró Aragonés (Barcelona, Spain) chipped in a career-best 10 points off the bench, while pulling down a career-high-tying four rebounds.
The Gators were coming off a tough six-point loss at No. 24 Vanderbilt, when the Commodores tossed in a wild three-point shot at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime, while it was discovered too late that 14 seconds had not run off the clock during the final 75 seconds of regulation.
“Obviously I’m just really, really proud and happy for our team,” said UF head coach Amanda Butler, who won her 95th game on the Gator sideline. “One of the things we talked about a lot was that we were prepared for this game. What we talked about, even after our disappointment the other day (Thursday’s loss at Vanderbilt), was that they get what they deserve and that is absolutely what happened today. This team and in particular, these seniors, got what they deserved. When you look at this game statistically, I think that’s who we are: the way we shot the ball, winning the rebounding battle, the consistency and balance and all those kids of things. The most important part of that, the part that I’m most proud of is that they made that happen.
“A lesser team would have folded under what we have experienced in the past two days and coming off the disappointment we have,” Butler continued. “It’s fitting. It’s also that we had a great opportunity against a team like Georgia and that brings the attention to this team that they deserve.”
Each of the last seven meetings between the two teams has been decided by single digits and Sunday’s contest was every bit as intense, featuring 15 lead changes and nine tied scores.
After Khaalidah Miller’s jumper game Georgia a six-point lead – it’s largest of the game – with 3:33 remaining in the first half, Florida answered with the final eight points of the half and took a 27-25 lead entering the locker room.
Jordan Jones (Suwanee, Ga.), one of five Gator seniors who were honored in a postgame ceremony, began the second half with a three-pointer and gave Florida what would be its biggest lead of the game, 30-25, with 19:32 remaining.
From there, it was a possession-by-possession game and the lead changed hands eight times and score was tied on six occasions.
In what was her best offensive game of her young career, Vilaró Aragonés drained a three-pointer with 9:39 remaining and extended Florida’s lead to four, 46-42.
Georgia, which had entered the game on a four-game win streak, scored the next four points and tied the game for the ninth game. Jones nailed her second trey of the half and kept the Gators in the lead, but the Bulldogs came right back and eventually tied the score at 51 with 6:29 remaining.
Bartley added a layup and swung the lead back in Florida’s favor, but Jamine Hassell followed with a jumper and another lead change, 54-53, with 2:47 on the clock.
George countered with a jumper in the paint and gave the Gators a 55-54 lead and added another 1:20 later that put Florida ahead by three with 1:09 remaining.
Georgia missed on its ensuing offensive possession and George hauled in the miss for her team-leading sixth rebound of the game, helping Florida outrebound the Bulldogs, 42-32.
Georgia wasn’t able to connect on another shot and was forced to foul Bartley with eight seconds remaining the Gators holding a three-point lead. The Gator senior calmly nailed both, before Meredith Mitchell sank a three-pointer for the Dawgs, who were back within two with four ticks left. Bartley again was fouled and made both ends of the one-and-one to give Florida a four-point lead and seal the victory.